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Secretary of the Interior Visits Rainwater Basin

Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar visited the Rainwater Basin and central Platte River on March 14 to witness the spring waterfowl and crane migration, and to call attention to the work of south-central Nebraska’s conservation partnerships, which he called “the heart and soul of President Obama’s Great Outdoors Initiative.”

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New Wetland Program Available for Rainwater Basin Lands

Grand Island – A new conservation program offers eligible Rainwater Basin landowners the flexibility of crossing an irrigation pivot over enrolled wetland and associated upland acres. The Rainwater Basin Joint Venture cooperated with the Natural Resources Conservation Service to develop a pilot Wetlands Reserve Enhancement Program, which is available only

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Financial Incentives Available to Fill Abandoned Irrigation Pits

Grand Island – Agriculture producers in the Rainwater Basin region have an opportunity to fill abandoned irrigation re-use pits and thereby increase their productive acres under a Special Initiative program offered by the Natural Resources Conservation Service. The Rainwater Basin Watershed Initiative is part of NRCS’s Wildlife Habitat Incentives Program,

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Rainwater Basin Joint Venture Presents Wetland Stewardship Awards

Hastings – The Rainwater Basin Joint Venture presented Wetland Stewardship Awards to a Butler County family and a Natural Resources Conservation Service engineer during its annual Informational Seminar in February. The award recognizes significant contributions to wetland conservation in the Rainwater Basin region of south-central Nebraska. The Schroeder family –

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RWBJV and PLJV Host Research Symposium in March

The Rainwater Basin Joint Venture and Playa Lakes Joint Venture Research Symposium will be held on March 16-17, 2011 in Grand Island, Nebraska. You will not want to miss this meeting, as we have lined up an excellent slate of presentations, and this is a wonderful time to visit central

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Rainwater Basin Joint Venture Hires New Habitat Specialist

Grand Island – The Rainwater Basin Joint Venture has added a Habitat Specialist to its staff. Tim Smith will assist the Joint Venture in planning and coordinating the restoration and management of wetland habitat throughout the region. He will also work with Rainwater Basin landowners and agriculture producers who are

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Rainwater Basin Joint Venture Seminar is February 2

Grand Island — The Rainwater Basin Joint Venture will host its 16th annual Informational Seminar on Wednesday, February 2, at the Quality Hotel and Convention Center, 2205 Osborne Drive East, in Hastings. The one-day seminar, which begins at 9:00 a.m. is an opportunity for landowners, agriculture producers, and other interested

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Rainwater Basin Joint Venture Receives Grants for Wetland Habitat

The Rainwater Basin Joint Venture announced it will receive two grants from the Nebraska Environmental Trust this year, and in addition, will administer a grant received by the Friends of the Rainwater Basin. One of the Joint Venture grants, for “Wetland Habitat Restoration and Protection,” will receive $400,000 to fund

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Natural History Seminars Begin May 13

The Summer Natural History Seminar Series begins May 13 in Broken Bow. Learn about wildlife and habitat in Nebraska’s Central Loess Hills. Topies are: 1) “Whooping Crane Recovery Efforts,” 7:00 p.m. Thursday, May 13; 2) “Terns, Plovers, and People,” 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, June 22; 3) “The Return of the River

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RWBJV Management Board Member Receives Award

Milwaukee, WI — Kirk Nelson, Assistant Director of the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission and former chair of the RWBJV management board was recently honored at the North American Wildlife and Natural Resources Conference in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Nelson was one of three nationwide recipients of the 4th Annual NABCI/AJVMB Awards,

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